Schedule for Fall 2008


September 5, 2008
-- ICS Membership Meeting
at British Studies Room, Norlin

September 12, 2008
-- Dr. Matt Jones
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Colorado
Title: "Implications of Sequential Effects for Knowledge Representation and Generalization" 

Sequential effects during learning offer a unique window on knowledge representation and perceptual and decision processes. Experiments with probabilistic category learning reveal two separate recency effects, one perceptual and the other decisional. The decisional recency effect reflects generalization of category knowledge between successive stimuli, and as such it offers clear evidence about the nature of category representations, as well as the perceptual representations of the stimuli themselves and attentional processes that mediate between these two levels. These results are all consistent with a mathematical model based on reinforcement learning and generalization. The final portion of this talk will present an extension of the model to identification tasks, and recent experiments comparing it to the dominant theory of sequential effects in that domain based on relative judgment. 

September 19, 2008
-- Dr. William Schuler
Assistant Professor, CS Department, University of Minnesota, and recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Title: "A Simple Computational Model of Interactive Language Processing"

September 26, 2008
-- James Alexander, PhD
Senior Systems Architect, Tanberg Television 
Title: "Pragmatic issues in developing Digital Television Products and Software: Where can HCI be useful?" 

This talk will focus on the opportunities and roadblocks HCI practitioners face in large- scale software development projects, such as the delivery of Digital Television services. Based practical experience from a number product development efforts it will offer some ideas on how both individuals and HCI as a discipline can focus for the best results. After doing early Human-Computer Interaction research at CU in the 1980s, Jim Alexander has spent most of the two decades developing interactive services and software for the Internet and Digital Television industry. Prior to his joining Tandberg Television he worked for U S WEST, MediaOne, ATT Broadband, Microsoft and Echostar. 


Oct 3rd, 2008
-- Dr. Elena Paducheva
Research scientist at All-Russian Institute of Scientific and Technical Information, Russian Academy of Science, Moscow
Title: "Verb Taxonomy and Decompositional Semantics of Lexicon"

Saturday, October 4th, 2008
-- DEFD/IBSC Open House
To be scheduled around homecoming game activities- hosted in MUEN

Oct 10th, 2008
-- SLC Mini Grant presentations (4 & 5)
4: Sumner, Healy & Martin
5: Sumiya, Colunga, & Narashimhan

Oct 17th, 2008
-- SLC Mini Grant presentations (2 & 3)
2: Kim, Palmer & Grudic
3: LeBel, Sharma, & Colunga

Thur Oct 23 & Fri Oct 24th, 2008
-- DEFD/IBSC Conference
Two Day IBSC conference at CINC

October 27, 2008
-- Dr. Anthony Wagner
3:00-5:00 p.m. MUEN D430/428 -- DEFD/IBSC
ICS speaker sponsored by physiology


November 7, 2008
-- Dr. Ned Block
Silver Professor Departments of Philosophy and Psychology New York University (hosts Ruper/Mozer)

The talk argues that some of the evidence that shows that the retina is not part of the physical
basis of conscious experience also shows that the body and world are not part of the physical basis of
conscious experience.

November 14, 2008
-- Dr. Michael Spivey
Associate Professor, Cornell University    
Host- Al Kim 
Title: "Interactions Between Language and Vision

In this talk, I will report on a number of findings from my lab that suggest bi- directional influences between language and vision. From visual search to speech perception, the results suggest that sometimes language can tell vision what to do, and sometimes vision can tell language what to do. Along with many other studies, these findings of fluid interaction point toward an account of perceptual/cognitive processing that can accommodate linguistic and visual processes in a common format of representation: a "continuity of mind", if you will. 

November 21, 2008
--Thanksgiving Holiday


Monday, December 8th, 2008
-- Thompson Schill
3:00-5:00 p.m. MUEN D430/428 -- DEFD/IBC
ICS speaker sponsored by physiology